IOC sure of no Cup clash
There will be no clash between the 2022 Winter Olympics and the World Cup finals to be hosted by Qatar the same year, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach told the BBC on Monday. Bach said he was confident FIFA president Sepp Blatter would stick to his pledge that the finals, which are due to be switched from the searing heat of June and July, would not take place in January and February when the Winter Games are penciled in for. “I have no reason not to believe [Blatter],” Bach said. “He made it very clear that a clash of these two great events is in nobody’s interest.” World body FIFA has been considering hosting the finals in January and February or November and December.
Stars farewell Ireland great
Irish stars paid tribute to the man considered to be Ireland’s greatest player during a memorial service for the late Jack Kyle in Belfast on Tuesday. Kyle, who died aged 88 last week, was in 2002 voted the best player ever to come from Ireland, beating the likes of Willie John McBride, Mike Gibson and Brian O’Driscoll. Kyle, a flyhalf, won 46 caps for Ireland, as well as six for the British and Irish Lions, and was a key figure in Ireland’s Grand Slam in the then-Five Nations in 1948. Away from sport, Belfast-born Kyle spent more than 30 years working as a surgeon in Zambia. Following Wednesday’s service for Kyle, who was buried at a private family funeral earlier in the day, McBride said: “He was one of the great men. How do you define gentleman? Well, for me it is two words and those are Jack Kyle.”
Former player reports attack
Former South Africa international and World Cup winner Hannes Strydom said on Tuesday that he had suffered a fractured skull and spent a night in intensive care after being attacked by six people in an attempted carjacking. Strydom told television channel eNCA that he fought off the attackers, but was left with cuts on his head and a fracture to his skull and jaw. He said that he was attacked on Monday in Pretoria when he saw a person lying on the road and stopped his car, thinking they needed help. He said the attackers threw bricks at his car, with one smashing his window and hitting him in the head. The people tried to steal his car, but he fought them off and drove himself to the hospital, he said. “I remember I was standing there surrounded by six people and I had to fight for my life,” the 2.01m former second-rower said.
Rio bay image removed
The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism has removed from its Instagram feed a photomontage that pictures the Rio de Janeiro bay where Olympic sailing events will take place as a tropical paradise of crystalline waters — a far cry from the reality of its brackish, sewage-filled waters. In the city’s Olympic bid, authorities promised to slash the amount of trash and raw sewage flowing in the bay by 80 percent ahead of the Games, but the waters remain so polluted that some sailors have voiced concerns about competitive and health risks. The photomontage pictured the Gloria Marina, the main dock on Guanabara Bay, as a pristine, undeveloped cove of sheer rocks, with a limpid waterfall and sailboats anchored in clear turquoise waters. A report in Rio’s O Globo newspaper said the photo was originally the work of Instagram user Marcos Calil, whose feed is largely made up of heavily doctored images of Rio landscapes. However, the ministry’s caption gave no indication the photo was fake.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen